Movie Review: ‘Mother’

Published by Clay Cane on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 4:33 pm.

Summary: A mother believes her mentally ill son, who is accused of murder, was framed. She manically searches for the real killer and will stop at nothing to find out the truth.

Review: This Korean film is not another foreign language flick packed with subtitles and scenes you cannot understand. This is a true thriller, and the mother in this movie is an obsessed, crazed woman who loves her son without limit.

When her child is believed to have killed a teenage girl, she is heartbroken; but she knows her son is not the murderer, and she will go to any length to discover who is. On her feverish search, she finds out the girl who was killed has many secrets, including her endless encounters with other boys, which was all captured on her cell phone. The more the mother searches, the more chaos she causes, but she will not be satisfied until her child is set free.

Starring Hye-ja Kim as the mother, this seems to be the role she was meant to play. I can’t say I know her other work, but she was so powerful that she gave Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest a run for her money. Directed by Bong Joon-ho, there are no good guys in this movie. Everyone is suspect and no one can be trusted. He presents their world as dark and dreary, which makes for some big suspense-building. It isn’t until the end that you find out the truth, which isn’t what you expect.

Mother has “American remake” written all over it. This would be a huge hit for American audiences. Since Mother is based in urban Korea, I’d love to see the film based in New York, and Viola Davis, Angela Bassett or Rosie Perez would be perfect as a momma on a mission.

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